Abortion is unethical because it involves the killing of human life.
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I'm pretty sure that this is a reliable source.
- "After 8 weeks the baby has a heartbeat, (possibly thoughts) and nerves, meaning that it can feel it when you crush it's head and tear off it's legs." Yes, the baby does have a heartbeat by the eighth week. However, the very mechanisms responsible for feeling pain, the sensory receptors, are not present throughout the body of a fetus until the 20th week, the latest (http://www.doctorsonfetalpain.com...). By that time, it is unsafe for an abortion to be performed, as it can risk the life of the mother.
http://abort73.com..., 74.5% of all abortions are performed before the 10th week of the pregnancy. This means the odds of an abortion taking place while the baby has ANY sensory awareness is small.
Whether the baby is a living thing or not is really an argument that boils down to semantics. The definition for "alive" or "living" accepted by biologists sums it up perfectly: "being in a state in which the organs perform their functions" (http://www.biology-online.org...). If we take a look at how the organs form during fetal development, we'll see that while organs like the brain begin forming during the 5-8 week period, they aren't functional until much later in the pregnancy. In fact, one of the first organs to become fully functional is the kidney. Even so, kidneys don't start functioning until after the 13th week (www.acog.org)
"being in a state in which the organs perform their functions" This is bogus, what about people who need life support? What about plants? What about people who don't have organs that function and are barely getting by? There organs don't function, so I guess it would be okay to shoot them.
Most of the organs are formed and are performing what they need to do by the 15th week, of course with the mother help since they are frail, and are not complete, meaning they can only do part of the job they are being formed to do.
http://www.cdc.gov...). That was the 2013 figure. It is again reinforced in the 2012 report, where it states that 91.4% of all abortions took place before 13 weeks of gestation (http://www.cdc.gov...). You didn't accurately cite your sources now, did you?
People who use life support use life support for a reason; to replace their dysfunctional organs with machines. So yes, their organs ARE working but under the assistance of a machine. They are still "alive".
Plants may not have the same biological mechanisms as humans, but the ones they do have are still completely functional, in a plant that's alive at least. So yes, they are ALSO alive.
As for people who are missing, for example, a lung, they do get by somewhat. But when have you heard of a living person with no lungs at all?
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